Passive shimming and electromagnetic contrast imaging at ultrahigh field MRI

Project opportunity

This Earmarked Scholarship project is aligned with a recently awarded Category 1 research grant. It offers you the opportunity to work with leading researchers and contribute to large projects of national significance.

This project aims to develop novel magnetic resonance imaging methods to investigate tissue structure and function. Current MRI technologies use standard water-based contrast mechanisms to generate images with limited tissue information. In contrast, this project expects to provide a non-invasive, ultra-high-resolution MRI technology that measures the electrical, magnetic, and chemical signals generated from the human body. Thus, the new imaging methods can probe deeper biological functionality while examining tissue structure. The new imaging methods require an almost perfectly uniform magnetic field environment, which will be realised by developing a passive shimming technique. The potential benefits of the project include the following:

  • Expanding the scope and capabilities of current MRI.
  • Facilitating a wide range of imaging-based research and applications.
  • Accelerating knowledge expansion in life science.

Scholarship value

As a scholarship recipient, you'll receive: 

  • living stipend of $32,192 per annum tax free (2023 rate), indexed annually
  • tuition fees covered
  • single Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)


Professor Feng Liu

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering


Preferred educational background

Your application will be assessed on a competitive basis.

We take into account your

  • previous academic record
  • publication record
  • honours and awards
  • employment history.

A working knowledge of passive shimming and active shimming would be of benefit to someone working on this project.

The applicant will demonstrate academic achievement in the field(s) of biomedical engineering and the potential for scholastic success.

A background or knowledge of magnetic resonance imaging is highly desirable.

Latest commencement date

If you are the successful candidate, you must commence by Research Quarter 1, 2024. You should apply at least 3 months prior to the research quarter commencement date.

If you are an international applicant, you may need to apply much earlier for visa requirements.

How to apply

You apply for this project as part of your PhD program application.

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